• 11Mar

    This summer brings a pioneering “first” to Walt Disney World Resort as Disney’s Wilderness Lodge becomes the first property to feature two separate Disney Vacation Club Resorts . Following a timber-lined trail first blazed for Disney Vacation Club Members by the resort known today as Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (which opened in 2000 as simply The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge), the new Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (Currently in the final stages of construction, the Resort is scheduled to open July, 2017 – not yet registered in all jurisdictions) will add a new chapter to the property’s richly layered back story. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge pays tribute to the grand 19th century vacation lodges established along the First Transcontinental Railroad through the Pacific Northwest, while Boulder Ridge Villas draw inspiration from the residential communities that grew along those rails. Copper Creek Villas & Cabins pick up that story decades later, as more Americans opted to travel by car and plane.

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  • 11Jul

    This week we highlighted two dining offerings at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa by sharing a selection of mouth-watering photos. First, Pam Brandon shared that Victoria & Albert’s just unveiled a new Chef’s Degustation Menu , which includes 10 small courses inspired by Chef Scott Hunnel’s personal favorites and world travels. Mmm, is it lunchtime yet? Gallery New 10-Course Menu at Victoria & Albert’s Expands Exquisite Dining Experience view all Pam also gave us a peek into the My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party offered at the resort

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    This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Disney’s ‘Grand’ Dining Offerings

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  • 02Sep

    Last week , we traveled back in time to the construction of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. As you can see, a lot has happened at Walt Disney World Resort over the years to make it what it is today. Let’s take a look at some more Vintage Walt Disney World memories.

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  • 02Jun

    We chose to brave the rain and are glad we did! Rain can really ruin a day, or even a whole vacation. Luckily, when you’re vacationing in Walt Disney World , there are plenty of things to keep you occupied when the Florida weather doesn’t want to cooperate. Here are some great things to do on a rainy (or any!) day at WDW: Catch a movie (and a meal!) : at AMC Downtown Disney 24 , you can catch that movie you forgot to go see (probably because you were so excited and busy getting ready for your WDW trip!).

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  • 04May

    Citricos, one of  Disney World’s signature restaurants, specializes in a fusion of Mediterranean and French cooking with a Floridian touch. Think braised short ribs with creamy polenta in a blood orange demi-glace or a a cheese trio that includes a fresh lemon ricotta from Central  Florida.  The food is inventive, but accessible, so even picky eaters are sure to find something on the menu.   Recently, we’ve heard a lot of good reviews about Citricos, so my husband and I decided to go there for our anniversary.  Citricos, which means citrus in Spanish,  located on the second floor of the Grand Floridian. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation, which was at 6:00, and were seating within a few minutes.  Keep in mind this was during a slower time of the year; if you’re going during a busier season, consider showing up earlier than we did.  The dining room is large but warm, decorated with shades of brown, yellow and cream and accented in bright blue. You may recognize some similarities to the décor of the California Grill and Flying Fish, as they were both designed by the same designer.   In keeping with the Mediterranean theme, there are wrought iron accents and mosaic tile floors.  It’s very pretty room with comfortable chairs, a view into the kitchen, and large windows that overlook one of the resort’s pools.    I’m picky about bread and I’ve had some pretty sad excuses for bread in restaurants.  In fact, I feel like good bread can really set the feeling for the entire meal.  Fortunately, this bread was really good.  We were served two types:   An kalamata olive bread and a multigrain bread.  It came with a dish of butter covered in sea salt which gave the butter a nice flavor a bit of crunch.  I could have easily made a meal out of the bread alone, it was that good.

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  • 21Apr

    We found it. We were indulged with an evening of divine tastes and plenty of pampering when we booked a table at the new Queen Victoria Room at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa . We started our dinner with a flute of Champagne paired with four little bites: a soft poached quail egg with Galilee Caviar, popcorn-crusted Gulf shrimp, smoked salmon panna cotta with salmon caviar and crispy buffalo mozzarella. That was just the “amuse-bouche,” or pre-dinner taste of Chef Scott Hunnel’s delicious creations. We relaxed and savored nine more courses, from cold-smoked Niman Ranch lamb with Fuji apple and curry dressing to a single stalk of beautiful white Holland asparagus, buttery Japanese Wagyu beef and a slice of Minnesaota elk tenderloin. But the Queen Victoria Room is about so much more than the feast. Behind closed doors, it different from V&A’s elegant main dining room; the staff under the direction of maitre d’ Israel Perez expertly revives the European art of tableside finishes for each dish. King salmon was cooked tableside on heated pink Himalayan salt rock. Our server toasted miniature croutons for salads in each diner’s choice of imported olive oils and fine salts. Every single dish got some sort of delicious last-minute finish before our eyes. With just four tables, you’re encouraged to savor each bite – and even to take a walk around the Grand Floridian between dinner and dessert if you choose. (This is not an evening for the impatient.) And, oh, that grand finale. Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek creates art with sugar, like our light-as-air macaroons with green apple mousse. The restaurant has a new website, www.victoria-alberts.com . Cost for dining in the Queen Victoria Room is $200; add brilliant wine pairings for $95. For reservations, call 407-939-3862. A jacket is required for men. Valet parking is complimentary — and you car will be waiting at evening’s end.

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